Glen Gilligan, PPSA  

Rainbow Beach by Glen Gilligan, PPSA

November 2019 - Rainbow Beach

About the Image(s)

I took this image a couple of weeks ago on my latest trip to Queensland. Rainbow Beach is so named because of the layered coloured sands in the sandhills. We got a lovely sunrise aided by the fact that there had been a fire with a haze settling on the horizon. I used a graduated neutral density filter to even the exposure. My son suggested I climb the sandhill while he stayed on the beach to put up the drone. A great idea for him as it was quite a scramble up but well worth it. Cheers Glenn

Camera Nikon D810
Lens Nikon 16-35mm at 35mm
F-Stop F/18
Shutter Speed 1/13sec
ISO 100
Tripod used

Once again I used the sliders in Adobe Camera Raw. I brightened the pandanus a little and darkened the sky slightly.

2 comments posted

Judy Murphy   Judy Murphy
A find this a very inviting landscape with a mood that urges me to stay a while. Its lovely warm color palette even extends up the sand dune. I really like where you placed the palms entering the right edge of the image and where & how they interact with the horizon and distant landforms. Peaceful, calm, relaxing, timeless scene.

The palms begin the movement of my eye as leading lines reaching for the sun. Following the sun rays leads me back to the beach. That works well with the parallel diagonals of the placid waves, the almost untracked beach, and the toe of the dune going the other way diagonally through the scene. The dune itself provides a nice triangle while reflecting back the morning light and helps anchor you. Something about the undulations of the distant hills, their dark tones against the sky, their being partially hidden by the palms and the darker sea that is very intriguing and keeps drawing me back to study them further. They're darker and cooler and more mysterious adding some tension to the scene which I believe helps balance out all the tropical warmth.

For improvement all I can offer is to explore whether the sun rays across the water would benefit from some tweeking of its saturation, highlights, color temp with an adjustment brush.

You've created nice movement for my eye to wander. Wonderful color, light, mood and composition.

  Posted: 11/07/2019 19:27:02

Pierre Williot   Pierre Williot
Hi Glen,
Excellent composition, the balance of the elements (horizon, palm tree, mountains on the top left, waves + sun), directing lines, colors and positioning of the camera to capture this scene.
I have only one criticism/comment: I believe that there was a bit of wind on that beach that morning. The leaves of the palm trees are fine (more rigid) but the trees on the left are showing a motion blur. I am not convinced that f18 was needed to get that depth of field with a 35 mm lens. This forced you to have a long exposure of 1/13 and produced this blur. A trial with a lower f stop and/or higher ISO could have help you to increase your shutter speed.
I have also encountered this problem multiple times with bracketing technique when the wind is strong - in that case scenario, I normally use the bracketed image with the best histogram.
  Posted: 11/08/2019 18:47:32


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